UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON

Specification for Class

MEDICAL LABORATORY SCIENTIST 1

 

UW CODE AND REPRESENTATIVE GROUP

8400 (SEIU Local 925 Medical/Laboratory Tech)

CLASS SERIES CONCEPT

Perform and/or provide high level support for the performance of moderate to high complexity clinical laboratory tests used in the screening, diagnosing, and treating of pathological conditions.

BASIC FUNCTION

Perform and/or provide high level support for the performance at a professional level routine of moderate to high complexity manual and automated clinical diagnostic tests in a clinical laboratory.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

Under general supervision, perform and/or provide high level support for the performance routine of moderate to high complexity testing in one or more laboratory disciplines, including but not limited to chemistry, coagulation, genetics, hematology, immunology, microbiology, point of care testing, virology, and transfusion medicine.

TYPICAL WORK

Perform clinical diagnostic laboratory tests; record, evaluate and interpret test results; contact appropriate personnel for tests with unusual or critical findings;

Assist in developing, following procedures and/or troubleshooting procedures and problems that may or may not include actual wet lab involvement, but requires a comprehensive understanding of laboratory testing gained from a foundation of medical laboratory science training and experience performing moderate to high complexity testing.

Calibrate, operate, troubleshoot and perform preventive maintenance to laboratory instruments and related equipment. The following is a partial list of instruments commonly utilized by personnel in this class:

-         Microbial ID and susceptibility instrumentation

-          blood culturing instruments and gas chromatography instrumentation

-          blood gas analyzers; high performance liquid chromatography instrumentation

-          light, phase and fluorescence microscopes

-          discrete chemistry and immunoassay analyzers

-           electrophoresis and densitometry instrumentation

-           mass spectrometry instrumentation

-          electronic cell counters; coagulation analyzers

-           operate and troubleshoot total laboratory automation (TLA) systems

-           DNA extraction, DNA sequencing and library preparation instrumentation

 

Assure that quality control requirements are met to validate test results; record data and maintain continual quality assurance program; utilize electronic quality control system.

Utilize laboratory information system, discipline-specific middleware, as well as all institution-based computer system for test result entry and/or data acquisition;

Collect specimens; may assist and instruct patients and medical staff in proper specimen collection techniques; may assist physicians in obtaining bone marrow specimens and preparing specimens for evaluation;

Assist in instruction and training of new employees, post-doctoral fellows, residents, and students;

Act as a resource to other lab personnel including Clinical Laboratory Technicians and Specimen Processing Technicians;

Assist in the design, development and evaluation of new procedures/processes;

Prepare and verify the quality of reagents, standards, and control samples;

Continuing education: keep ASCP or other certification up to date per guidelines of National Organization;

Perform related duties as required.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Accredited Bachelor's Degree in Medical Laboratory Science OR equivalent education/experience

AND

Current Medical Laboratory Science certification with the American Society for Clinical Pathology or equivalent certifying organization; or certification with specialty organization appropriate to the laboratory division.

AND

One year of experience as a Medical Laboratory Scientist Trainee. Up to one year of on-the-job experience performing clinical testing in a Medical Laboratory Science Program externship may count towards the experience requirement.

CLASSIFICATION HISTORY

 

New Class: 1-3-73

Revise Title and Class: 12-14-73

Revise Class: 4-18-88

Revise MQ: 5-14-04

Revise Class/New CBU: 3-8-11

CSR Class Conversion (mc): 06-01-05

Revise Class: 1-1-14, including title change from Clinical Technologist 1 to Medical Laboratory Scientist 1